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10' Nakashima style Dining Table

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Project by R_Stad posted 12-09-2021 04:43 PM 917 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone. I built this table for the Rope House in Detroit, MI, which provides housing and job training for men transitioning from addiction and homelessness. It is built out of cherry and utilizes bridle joinery throughout. I really appreciate George Nakashima’s design, combining elegance in form, and strength through his joinery. The top is connected to the base with walnut pegs into slotted holes to allow for seasonal movement. The base came out tight and solid – the top – well – please don’t put a straight edge on it. I flattened it best I could using my sander, but there was room for improvement there. Overall very fun and I think it will last a long time. Thanks for looking.

-- Rod - Oregon





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pottz

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#1 posted 12-09-2021 04:57 PM

love nakashimas work,it has inspired me over the years.i think george would approve.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-09-2021 05:02 PM

Beautiful table. Lots of risk involved in gluiing up such a broad (and long) surface. Did you use biscuits/dowels/dominos or just edge glue? Would be interested in seeing a shot from below showing how you fastened the top.

Congratulations on building something beautiful that will outlast you.

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#3 posted 12-09-2021 05:35 PM

Gorgeous table. Great attention to detail. And for a good cause.

-- Scott

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#4 posted 12-09-2021 05:40 PM

Good looking table, really like the design.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 12-09-2021 06:32 PM

Rod,

Beautiful table. The joinery adds greatly to the design and overall feel of the project.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#6 posted 12-09-2021 11:50 PM

_Beautiful table. Lots of risk involved in gluiing up such a broad (and long) surface. Did you use biscuits/dowels/dominos or just edge glue? Would be interested in seeing a shot from below showing how you fastened the top.

Congratulations on building something beautiful that will outlast you

Hello jensenms – I didn’t use biscuits or dominoes. I clamped some wood cauls top and bottom to keep it somewhat flat. As for securing the top, I glued/screwed 4 blocks about 6” in length at 4 corners of the table and same dimension as top cross piece of base – the blocks had the elongated holes. I don’t have any better photos showing that, and my description is confusing even myself. I hope you can make sense of it.
Rod

-- Rod - Oregon

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#7 posted 12-09-2021 11:53 PM

Absolutely beautiful table!

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#8 posted 12-10-2021 11:22 AM

Wow that is a great table. You have some skills.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 12-10-2021 02:11 PM

Like the joinery.

-- Denis, Ontario Canada

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#10 posted 12-10-2021 02:28 PM

Great looking table. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#11 posted 12-10-2021 06:14 PM

Excellent work! I love Nakashima’s style.

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#12 posted 12-12-2021 02:23 AM

Tremendous craftsmanship! This is a great Nakashima’s style table.

-- AJ

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